I've spent the last week watching old episodes of Kirsty Allsop's Christmas craft programmes on 4od. Some of them aren't very practical or cheap but there are still lots of great ideas to help you avoid the plastic decorations that are all over the shops at the moment.
Today I made a trip to HobbyCraft and returning with felt, ribbons and thread spent the afternoon creating my own decorations. It's definitely not as quick as buying them from the shops but it's more fun and cheaper too- it only cost 90p for the felt and a few pounds for the threads and ribbons to create 8 individual, unique decorations. I've still got lots to make but I can't think of a more fun way to spend the last cosy Autumn nights.